It is one of the Lyric Pieces Norwegian: Lyriske stykker , a collection of 66 short pieces for solo piano written by Grieg over a period spanning the years to and published in ten volumes. The piece intrigues me. Besides being emotionally engaging and completely descriptive, there is the contrast between the mournful opening theme, which expresses so well the feeling of homesickness, with a brief interlude of energetic, seemingly cheerful music, followed again by the opening theme. I am sure you readers of this post can come up with better examples. Roger- I just had a few minutes break and listened to the enclosed piece. Very stirring and emotional, and appropriately entitled.

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As Grieg mavens are aware, the ten books in his series of 66 piano works called Lyric Pieces nearly spanned the entire length of his career, the first published in and the last in The last six volumes were actually written in the period , the composer apparently having grown increasingly fond of the idea of writing light piano works that generally dealt with a specific feeling or scene.

Here, in the last work in Book VI, Grieg depicts the former, perfectly conveying a sense of homesickness in music brilliantly atmospheric and also quite subtle in its melodic invention. The work opens in a tentative manner, a sense of gloom pervading the slow-pacing. Rachmaninov comes to mind here, but the writing is quite lean and without complexity as the theme wallows in the doldrums.

Suddenly, the music turns playful and lively, bright and brimming with childlike wonder. Soon, however, its vigor is sapped and the sweet melancholy from the opening returns. While there is an icy feeling to the music here, there is also a sense of longing, of reflecting on some past memory or place. This lovely work typically has a duration of five minutes.

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Heimweh (Homesickness), lyric piece for piano, Op. 57/6

Lyric Pieces Norwegian : Lyriske stykker is a collection of 66 short pieces for solo piano written by Edvard Grieg. They were published in 10 volumes, from Op. The theme of the first piece in the set, Arietta , was one of the composer's favorite melodies. He used it to complete the cycle in his very last lyric piece, Remembrances Efterklang — this time as a waltz. In , Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes recorded a CD with 24 of the lyric pieces on Grieg's own Steinway grand piano at Troldhaugen , the composer's residence. The first complete recording of the Lyric Pieces was recorded and released in the Soviet Union by Alexander Goldenweiser in the s. A few recordings and piano rolls of Grieg himself performing also exist, and they have been published by the Norwegian record label Simax.


Edvard Grieg, “Heimweh” (Homesickness)


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